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The Mystery of Edwin Drood


Published January 7, 2009


LibriVox recording of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens. Recording by Alan Chant.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens. It is a mystery indeed; the serial novel was just half completed at the time of Dickens' death - leading to much speculation on how it might have ended.
The novel is named after Edwin Drood, one of the characters, but it mostly tells the story of his uncle, a choirmaster named John Jasper, who is in love with his pupil, Rosa Bud. Miss Bud is Drood's fiancée, and has also caught the eye of the high-spirited and hot-tempered Neville Landless! Landless comes from Ceylon with his twin sister, Helena. Neville Landless and Edwin Drood take a dislike to one another the moment they meet.
The story is set in Cloisterham, a lightly fictionalised Rochester (in Kent, England). Rochester is close to Dicken's country house Gad's Hill Place, where the final chapter was written and where Dickens died.
Adapted by Alan Chant from the Edwin Drood entry in Wikipedia.

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Run time 12:21:05

Reviews

Reviewer: Ragereader - - November 22, 2014
Subject: fabulous
Well read, and my only complaint about the book is that Dickens did not live to finish it!
Reviewer: daryoung - - April 20, 2010
Subject: Hours of enjoyment
This reader was absolutely perfect for this book. The narrator's British accent was perfect for Dickens, and his character voices had all of the color that Dickens is so good at creating in his characters. I'll definitely look for this reader again.
Reviewer: gooch12 - - March 26, 2009
Subject: Had to give up
I wholly disagree with the previous review that gives this recording 5 stars. I found the reader's attempts at character voices to be so bad that I couldn't pick up the actual words. This was especially true when the guy tried to do an old woman's voice... none of the dialogue actually got through to me because the "voice" made the words unintelligible.

I guess the reader deserves a bit of credit for trying, but really, I'd just as soon be able to hear the author's words than listen to silly voices.
Reviewer: Philippe Horak - - March 8, 2009
Subject: An exceptional recording
Dickens' final novel, left unfinished at his death in 1870, is a mystery story much influenced by the 'Sensation Novel' as written by his friend Wilkie Collins. The action takes place in an ancient cathedral city and in some of the darkest places in Victorian London. Drugs, disappearances, sexual obsession, disguise and a possible murder are among the themes and motifs. A sombre and menacing atmosphere, a fascinating range of characters and Dickens' usual command of language combine to make this an exciting and tantalising story. Many thanks to Mr Chant for his breathtaking recording. A true delight to listen to. It will appeal to all enthusiasts of classic British literature and to the distinguished listener!
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